I've known and worked with Heidi Heitkamp for decades. I've found her to be a woman of determined conviction. When she has decided an issue, she is determined to stick to her decision and act on it. I wonder if her decisions are in North Dakota's interests.
I try to understand her firm stand for keeping the Bureau of Land Management's venting and flaring rule. She decided not to support North Dakota's energy industry and voted accordingly against North Dakota.
She supported an 11th-hour rule pushed by Obama's BLM and opposed by North Dakotans; she stuck to her determined conviction. She stood her ground and joined every Democrat to vote against North Dakota's interests and support Obama's liberal rule-making by the BLM. (And as North Dakotans know, the BLM, like the EPA and the IRS, is no friend of North Dakota's farmers, ranchers, and landowners.)
Fortunately, a federal judge blocked implementation of this Obama-era rule.
When Senator Heitkamp voted against North Dakota's interests, she excused her vote with the promise of a "better way." She hasn't proposed or supported new legislation, nor has she publicly supported a rewrite of the rule.
It's disappointing to me that Senator Heitkamp would disregard North Dakota's common-sense local approach to venting and flaring and instead supports Obama's heavy-handed impractical approach.
So, senator, I ask, where is that better way? Haven't heard a thing from you on that. Maybe you don't really support solutions, but prefer to be an obstructionist like your friend Obama. Maybe you don't care about the 55,000 families employed in the state's oil and gas industry who were negatively affected by Obama's rule. Your firm convictions show where you stand with Obama and against North Dakota.
Kopp lives in Wilton, N.D.